Learning Centre

Learning Center peer tutors are BISLA students who have proven themselves good writers and helpful peers and are supervised in their work by a faculty member. Students might be referred to the Learning Center for assistance by their teachers, for example before resubmission of a written assignment.

Tutors 2019-2020 School Year (*also Critical Thinking Tutors):

Writing tutors

Writing tutors offer guidance and tutoring for all papers from any course, from Academic Writing to EU Policy (including guidance on literature reviews, research/term papers, reports, documentation, and bibliography/reference citations). Weekly assignments, however, may be brought in only twice a semester (and that before Reading Week), for the purpose of grammar and style check. Expect to work with your peer tutor. They cannot (in fact, are forbidden to) do any changes to your paper in your absence, interfere with the content, or serve as free language editors. They can, however, and WILL help you become a better writer if you do turn up regularly.

Critical Thinking tutors

Critical thinking tutors play their role during summer semester in which first years have a core course in Critical Thinking. These tutors guide students both in group and individual sessions through assigned exercises. The whole course requires of students to do a great part of learning away from the classroom. Thus, it is the role of the tutors to assist these students, explain again some theory and show them how it is used in practice. For some, this course is easy, they just look and see patterns, but most need to develop these skills and through hard work arrive at a point in which they can categorize fallacies and show a structure of an argument by themselves.

Learning Center Policies

Students requesting help from Peer Tutors are asked to read and agree to the following policies:

1. Students can request help by sending email to bislatutor@gmail.com to arrange time and place for meeting with assigned tutor. Tutors can decide to hold session in specific times during which students are welcome to stop by.

2. A student who signs up with a specific tutor ahead of time will be helped first.

3. Before any session between student and tutor, student should:

4. Writing - provide tutor with paper they wish to discuss

5. Critical Thinking - specify which exercises, they are dealing with

6. A student may make no more than one appointment per day and three

appointments per week.

7. The student should bring copy of their draft to the session.

8. The student will come prepared with a writing utensil and assignment sheet

(if necessary). They will also be ready with the questions they have about their writing assignment.

9. Tutors cannot evaluate or assign a grade to a student's paper. Only faculty and teaching assistants can evaluate student writing.

10. The student is responsible for their work and all decisions made during the session. The student must be an active participant in determining the shape and nature of the session.

11. Tutors cannot write, edit, or proofread papers for students. They will not correct grammar or provide alternative vocabulary. Tutors may use, or refer students to, educational software available online to help a student with grammar and/or vocabulary.

12. Tutors cannot solve Critical Thinking exercises for students; they can demonstrate the process and rules on other exercises. After students attempt, they may give feedback, point out missteps and guide them through the process. The goal of the session is not to get homework done, but rather guide students so they can do homework by themselves.

13. Writing Tutors will prioritize their feedback as follows:

HIGH PRIORITY

MID-PRIORITY

LOW PRIORITY

Does it answer the question?

Focus

Development

Grammar

Arguments/Ideas

Organization

Word Choice

Support/Evidence

Coherence

Citations

Audience/Purpose

Transition (linkng)

Layout

14. The Learning Center tutors will only help students working on their own original work. If someone is discovered to have brought plagiarized work to a tutor, that student may no longer request help from the Learning Center.

15. Gradingpolicies,grades,and/orinstructorswillnotbediscussed.

16. Because tutoring sessions are confidential, tutors will not discuss students’work with any third party other than the Learning Center supervisor.